Get Caffeinated: Where to Get Your Coffee Fix on Campus

by Tim Pate

Like many of you, I had a little trouble getting out of bed this morning. Luckily for us, Colorado State University has a great selection of coffee hubs on campus so that we can get that pick-me-up to embrace the day. Below you’ll find information on five campus cafes and what is great about each of them.

1. Sweet Sinsations – Lory Student Center

Located directly across from the Information Desk, Sweet Sinsations is perfect for students traveling through campus’s central hub. Many students travel through the LSC on the way to classes in the Engineering Building, Clark, Eddy, Computer Sciences, and Rockwell, and Sweet Sinsations makes it easy to grab a cup on the go. Sweet Sinsations also offers a smoothie bar if you’re interested in trading coffee beans for fruit.

2. Sweet Temptations – Behavior Sciences

The younger sibling of Sweet Sinsations, Sweet Temptations is a newer coffee shop located in the elegantly modern Behavioral Sciences building. The Behavioral Sciences building is the prime location for study groups on campus, with study rooms available for reservation and laptops available for checkout. The coffee shop also offers $1 coffees if you just need that basic spark to get you going. Grab a cup, meet with your study group, and get productive!

3. Morgan’s Grind – Morgan Library

You’re in college, so it’s safe to assume you spend a healthy portion of your life in the library. Hours of studying and reading can be draining, and it’s nice to have a spot to grab a cup of joe to help you refuel and get back to work. Morgan’s Grind, on the lower level of the library, offers various coffee drinks as well as snacks to keep you going. There is also a study lounge in the coffee shop, complete with tables and chairs for group work or a den of pillows in the back, notoriously conducive to nap time.

4. Ram’s Horn Express – Academic Village

Do you spend more time in the dorms and less time near the center of campus? No need to fret – Academic Village has a coffee shop just for you. Ram’s Horn Express is in the same building as Ram’s Horn (the AV dining hall), and here you will find a convenient spot to grab a cup of coffee, a smoothie, and a variety of light snacks. Open until 1 a.m. every night of the week, Ram’s Horn Express is perfect for the freshmen who elects to cram the night before a big test.

5. The Bean Counter – Rockwell Hall-West

Of course I chose to save the best for last. The Bean Counter, New Rock’s favorite café, is perfect for the business student on the go. Located on the first floor of Rockwell Hall-West (near the ticker), the coffee shop offers close proximity to the classrooms, labs, auditoriums, and meeting rooms of Rockwell. Service is quick, so business students can grab a cup in between classes or on their way to a meeting with a professor.

Bonus points: Check-in to each of these locations on Foursquare to view tips, meet up with friends, or even unlock specials (free coffee, anyone?). 

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Start Planning Your Study Abroad Adventure Now!

Last week we published a post about the importance of studying abroad for business students. This week you have a chance to start looking seriously at various study abroad programs and how they could benefit you and your future.  The CSU Study Abroad Fair is this Friday, September 7, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballrooms.  Meet CSU faculty, advisors, CSU and affiliated program providers, and study abroad alumni to learn about study, intern, volunteer and work abroad programs!  Also, look for study abroad representatives at the College of Business International Programs table!

There are other ways you can learn more about studying abroad and opportunities available to you. The Fall 2012 International Connections Brown Bag Lunch Series will highlight international travel. Themes will include what you can do abroad, how to prepare to travel, how to pay for your international experience, and wonderful stories of student travel experiences and how it has influenced their CSU experience.  These events are free and open to the public. Bring a friend and your lunch to any or all of the following meetings:

  • September 11,  Lory Student Center, Room 203-205 12:15-1:00: Don’t believe the rumor: You CAN afford to travel abroad (Visa and MasterCard not required)
  • September 18, Lory Student Center, Room 210 12:15-1:00: Culture: More than just the accents are different
  • September 25, Lory Student Center, Room 203-205 12:15-1:00: What I wish I would have known: Student perspectives on international travel

Today, September 6, at 2:30 p.m., the CSU Office of International Programs Scholarships for Study Abroad will host a panel of professionals who have worked closely with scholarships to answer your questions about scholarships for study abroad. The panel will include CSU affiliates, CSU Student Financial Services employees, and successful student recipients. The panel discussion will take place in the Study Abroad Office at Laurel Hall on the Oval. Visit http://www.studyabroad.colostate.edu/ for more information.

To learn even more about about studying abroad for business students, visit http://biz.colostate.edu/studyAbroad/Pages/default.aspx.

What CSU’s Rocky Mountain Showdown Victory Teaches Us About College and Business

On the first day of September, virtually the entire Colorado State University community had one thing on its mind: the Rocky Mountain Showdown football game against the University of Colorado Buffaloes.

Defense

For those who were able attend the game in Denver, the Rams put on an exciting show both schools have come to expect from the annual faceoff. After 48 minutes of white-knuckle action, the CSU Rams emerged victorious in a 22-17 win over the Buffs.

If you watched the game, you know that the play wasn’t always smooth. Penalties inflicted harm on both teams, and there were turnovers to go around. However, the Rams were able to fight for the win, and the tactics that gave them the advantage serve as a great analogy for personal success in the collegiate and professional worlds…

You have to earn respect and recognition.

Before the game ever started, Coach McElwain sent a message with his choice in uniforms for the 2012 season. McElwain ditched the pizzazz of the previous year in favor of plain, sharp jerseys.

“To me you have to earn the uniform,” McElwain said. “As of right now, we haven’t done any of that. I do believe we will.”

In the professional world, you have to expect to work your way to the top. Your first job will likely not be an upper-management position, but there is nothing stopping you from reaching your goals. If you begin your career humble but determined, you will earn the deference you seek in time.

When an opportunity comes along, take it.

 The Rams found opportunities on both offense and defense that aided in their victory. On defense, the Rams were able to hold the Buffs to a grand total of 58 rushing yards for the entire game. The CSU defense also put a great deal of pressure on CU’s quarterback, Jordan Webb, and made it difficult for the transfer from Kansas to compensate for the team’s weak running game.

On offense, the Rams were able to capitalize on two mistakes by the Buffs. The first was a bad punt that gave the Rams excellent field position. CSU was able to move the ball forward and score before halftime. The second mistake was a personal foul by a CU defenseman, which moved the Rams an additional 15 yards forward, and subsequently led to another touchdown.

Finding and taking advantage of prospects is crucial in college. Especially in terms of networking and finding job opportunities, students should always be on the lookout for chances to advance their careers. At work, employees also need to seek these opportunities. Taking the lead on projects and going the extra mile in your position are great ways to grab the attention of your boss.

Solid leadership is essential for success.

CSU was truly invested in a “Bold New Era” when McElwain was brought to Fort Collins from Alabama. He brought with him not only a solid skillset as a coach, but a mentality of winning that the CSU football program desperately needed. McElwain’s statement that hard work would produce results was an indispensable component of the Rams’ victory.

Becoming a good leader is not necessarily something that students can gain from textbooks – it takes experience. That’s why the College of Business encourages students not only to get involved in the many programs and organizations available through the College, but to also take part in a leadership position. The ability to govern groups (be they small groups for class projects or large teams for national competitions) is a skill that automatically boosts your employability.